Cleric 'can pick Pope'
BRITAIN'S most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the former archbishop of Westminster said yesterday.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor expressed sadness at the claims – which are denied – which have been made against Cardinal Keith O'Brien, leader of the church in Scotland.
Three priests and a former priest have complained to the Vatican about behaviour towards them going back 30 years, according to the Observer. They are reported to be demanding Cardinal O'Brien's immediate resignation.
Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show whether the cardinal should still be able to go to the Vatican to take part in the selection of Pope Benedict's successor, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said: "That is up to Cardinal O'Brien to decide... it will be up to him, and I think rightly so.
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"The allegations have not been proved in any way, so he will have to decide whether he wants to go."
Cardinal O'Brien, who was born in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, has been the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh since 1985.